UPAF Events


Cream City Comedy Festival

The Cream City Comedy Festival is Milwaukee’s Largest Independent Stand-Up Comedy Festival May 9-12.

ALL SHOWS ARE FREE TO ATTEND! At the end of each show, Cream City collects free will donations for the year’s nonprofit organization of choice. In 2019, all donations will benefit UPAF!

Click here for more information and please join UPAF at the festival for a weekend of laughter!



2019 UPAF Ride for the Arts, sponsored by Miller Lite

Sunday, June 2, 2019  |  Pricing Varies by Route 

The UPAF Ride for the Arts, sponsored by Miller Lite, travels along Lake Michigan with routes ranging from Port Washington to South Milwaukee. The Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge is featured as well as Lakeshore State Park, the only urban state park in Wisconsin. The 2018 Ride had 3,690 riders and more than 250 volunteers.

Since 1981 more than 293,000 people have participated in our annual fundraising event to raise more than $10.2 million for the performing arts. It’s one of the nation’s largest one-day recreational bike rides, and it’s all about keeping our performing arts scene a dynamic and vital part of our community’s culture.

After the Ride participants enjoy the Finish Line Party near the South Gate of the Summerfest Grounds. The party is free, includes free food and sampling of MillerCoors products. It’s a great way to celebrate a wonderful event and kick off summer fun.

WHEN: Sunday, June 2, 2019Miller Lite Updated 2014

WHO: All types of bicycle riders

WHAT: Five routes 5-, 12-, 25-, 45-, and 70-mile routes with all routes starting and ending at the Summerfest Grounds

WHY: To support the performing arts in Southeastern Wisconsin

For more information on the UPAF Ride for the Arts, click here!




2019 UPAF Campaign Finale

Join UPAF as we celebrate another successful Campaign and announce our 2019 fundraising total. Enjoy an evening full of UPAF Member Group performances and a post-event reception with complimentary beer, wine, soda and hors’doeuvres.

Wednesday, June 12

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino – Northern Lights Theater

1721 W Canal St., Milwaukee

5:30 p.m.

The 2019 UPAF Campaign Finale is generously sponsored by Potawatomi.





2019 Dancing on the Green Golf Outing, Presented by Associated Bank

Whether you are an avid golfer, a business networking golfer or just looking for a way to support a charitable cause, the Dancing on the Green golf outing is a day you don’t want to miss! Come represent your company and enjoy a day of golf, prizes and networking!

Monday, August 26

North Shore Country Club

3100 W Country Club Dr, Mequon

10 a.m. Registration

11:30 a.m. Shotgun Start

Click here to register today!



2019 UPAF Fundraiser Dinner at Rockwell

Saturday, March 23, 2019  |  Tickets: $10 per person  Age 5 & under, FREE!

Located in the Rockwell Automation/Allen-Bradley Cafeteria, Guest Dining Room and Bradley Hall

Event: 2:00 – 7:00 p.m.


”No Show Gala”  Online Auction

Wednesday, Feb. 20  – Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Support the Arts!

UPAF silent auction bidding is fun & easy—no black tie required, just your smartphone or laptop!

Online Auction
Opens: Feb. 20, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.
Closes: March 5, 2019 at 1 p.m.

Thank you to Graydient for their generosity with the 2019 UPAF “No Show” Gala Online Auction.


2019 UPAF Campaign Launch

Monday, March 4, 2019  |  Tickets: $10 per person 

Please join UPAF as we launch our 2019 Campaign! WISN-12 anchors Sheldon Dutes and Adrienne Pedersen will emcee the evening’s event, which will feature a special appearance by Emily Schoen, a Milwaukee-area native who is now a New York City-based dancer, choreographer, and one of Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch” artists.

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts – Bradley Pavilion
929 N. Water St., Milwaukee, WI 53202

The 2019 UPAF Campaign Launch is generously sponsored by Potawatomi.


2019 UPAF Campaign Westside Launch

Tuesday, March 5, 2019  |  No Cost to Attend

Please join UPAF as we launch our 2019 Campaign on the Westside! Local actor Andrew Varela will emcee the morning’s event with Emily Schoen, a Milwaukee-area native who is one of Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch” artists.

HUSCO International
2239 Pewaukee Rd., Waukesha, WI 53188

The 2019 UPAF Campaign Westside Launch is generously sponsored by Meijer.


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